Change your career: Interview Prep

True Meaning compiled the most comprehensive list of questions commonly asked in job interviews.

This list was sourced from several reputable websites on the internet and compiled for your convenience. We know first hand how difficult it is to find such a big list of questions, because having gone through many of these lists, we found that the majority of the questions were duplicates, and after about 20-30 questions, it was all the same questions given in different word.

Anyway without further ado, here it is!

  1. Why Do You Want To Work For Us?
  2. What interests you about this job?
  3. What do you know about our company?
  4. What challenges are you looking for in this position?
  5. Who was your best boss and who was the worst?
  6. Why did you choose this particular career path?
  7. What are your aspirations beyond this job?
  8. Why do you think this industry would sustain your interest in the long haul?
  9. Tell me about yourself.
  10. What has been the biggest disappointment in your life?
  11. What are your pet peeves?
  12. If you could relive the last 10 years of your life. what would you do differently?
  13. How has your education prepared you for your career?
  14. When was the last time you were angry and what happened?
  15. How do you evaluate success?
  16. What are the major reasons for your success?
  17. Describe a typical work week for you.
  18. How would you describe the pace at which you work?
  19. Give us an example of a situation where you didn’t meet your goals or objectives.
  20. Give me proof of your persuasiveness.
  21. Would your current boss describe you as the type of person who goes that extra mile?
  22. Give us an example of a situation where you faced conflict or difficult communication problems
  23. Have you ever had a conflict with a boss or professor? How was it resolved?
  24. If you know your boss is 100% wrong about something, how would you handle this?
  25. Where do you see yourself in 3 / 5/ 10 years time?
  26. How do you plan to achieve those goals?
  27. What drives you to achieve your objectives?
  28. What are you looking for in your next job?
  29. What is important to you?
  30. What would your current manager say are your strengths?
  31. What would your current manager say are your weaknesses?
  32. Are you overqualified for this job?
  33. Why should we give you this job?
  34. We’re considering two other candidates for this position. Why should we hire you rather than someone else?
  35. What would you do if one of our competitors offered you a position?
  36. What are your biggest accomplishments?
  37. What did you like/dislike about your last job?
  38. Can you work under pressure?
  39. What environments allow you to be especially effective?
  40. What do you find are the most difficult decisions to make?
  41. Give us an example of when you have worked to an unreasonable deadline or been faced with a huge challenge.
  42. Tell me about a special contribution you have made to your employer.
  43. What is the most difficult situation you have faced?
  44. Tell me about a time when you had to deal with an irate customer. How did you handle the situation?
  45. How do you take direction?
  46. What colour is your brain? lol, really?
  47. Do you prefer working in a team or on your own?
  48. What do your work colleagues think of you?
  49. Tell me about your salary expectations.
  50. What will you do if you don’t get this position?
  51. What is the first thing you would change, if you were to start work here?

Become a member to find out why the questions are asked, if they have any hidden motives and exactly how to answer them.

Here’s a taster…

Question 1: Why Do You Want To Work For Us?
It’s rare for an interview not to include this question. The good news is that it’s an easy one to prepare for. Most companies want to recruit people who are enthusiastic about the company and its products. They don’t want people on the team who “ended up there by accident”. So this is your chance to show why working for the company is important to you and why you think you will fit in.
They will be looking for evidence that you can make a contribution and will be able to grow into the role they are recruiting.
This question is designed to screen out candidates who aren’t serious about the company or may be using it as a stop-gap, while they look for something better.
It’s also your chance to make the most of the company research you have done. You can use this opportunity to add comments that show you understand the company’s position in the market place; the role of its competitors and any challenges it may be facing. Sample Answer: “I’m not looking for just another pay check. I enjoy my work and am proud of my profession. Your company produces a superior product/provides a superior service. I share the values that make this possible, which should enable me to fit in and complement the team.”

Read the Interview Q&A page to find out more.